Recently, Howard Shelanski, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), testified before a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee and promised that cabinet agencies would release updated retrospective regulatory reports. The American Action Forum (AAF) reviewed all publicly released plans.
College education for one’s kids has become a central component of the American Dream. In recent years, however, the cost, value, and federal financing of higher education have become part of a rising public debate over the future of higher education. To get a better understanding of the issues most important to the public, AAF commissioned a nationwide poll on this issue by Glen Bolger and Jim Hobart of Public Opinion Strategies.
Pollster Glen Bolger (of Public Opinion Strategies) and Douglas Holtz-Eakin explain the education policy ramifications of AAF's new survey on higher education.
See the full poll HERE
President Obama is in Japan, in part to try to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. His administration got off to a rocky start on trade agreements. He threatened to re-open the highly successful North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during the 2008 presidential campaign and then slow-walked the signing of the South Korea, Colombia, and Panama agreements at the behest of his union masters.
The American Action Forum (@AAF) today released a unique new national survey examining the public’s views on higher education, including tuition costs, the role of Federal aid, higher education responsibility, and alternative education programs.
Budget hawks recognize that the inexorable growth of mandatory spending on Social Security benefits and federal health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid represents real fiscal danger.
Corporations, especially large corporations, making profits are commonly and frequently demonized, especially in these populist times. Large profits carry the implication that they were extracted from the general public and appropriated for use by those corporations, instead of for the general welfare. The latter claim does not bear up to any real scrutiny.
The U.S. housing recoveries — recoveries, not recovery, because there are hundreds of regional and metropolitan housing markets with different trajectories — continue to make slow, painstaking progress. See, for example, Andrew Winkler's excellent summary of the Florida experience. Unfortunately, the only thing moving slower is reform of the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that were at the center of the bubble and collapse.
Outside of routine airworthiness directives, it was a slow week for regulations. In total, regulators added $128 million in costs, more than 730,000 burden hours, and no monetized benefits. Regulatory capital requirements and fire safety standards for Medicare and Medicaid providers led the week.
President Obama personally announced that at the close of the first open enrollment period 8 million Americans had signed up for coverage in the Affordable Care Act (ACAs) exchanges. He also took this opportunity for a full-throated defense of the ACA, arguing "I find it strange that the Republican position on this law is still stuck in the same place that it has always been. They still can't bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working.”